Mazda positions the Mazda6 to take on all the best-selling mid-size sedans, such as the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima; like those models, the 6 covers a wide range in terms of pricing and equipment. A base SV stickers for less than $20,000, while a loaded "s" Grand Touring rings in at more than $33,000.
ConsumerGuide reports that every 2009 Mazda Mazda6 comes with a "tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/radio controls," an "AM/FM/CD/MP3 player," full power accessories, and "automatic-off headlights." Moving up to the Touring and Grand Touring versions of the Mazda6 Mazda, Cars.com says that additional standard features include a "leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob," along with 17- or 18-inch "alloy wheels" and stylish "LED taillamps" on the Grand Touring models. Motor Trend notes that Mazda Mazda6 "Grand Tourings get full leather trim, dual-zone A/C, and dual power/heated buckets as well as Xenon headlamps."
On the 2010 Mazda6, all the requisite options are available: push-button start, an audio system with satellite radio and a built-in hard drive, a navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, and a Bluetooth interface. But if you want those features, it can get pricey; the nav system is only available on top Grand Touring models, and Bluetooth is only for those who splurge on the Touring Plus or Grand Touring.
According to ConsumerGuide, that sound system is available through the Moon Roof and Bose Package, which also incorporates a "power sunroof" and "satellite radio." The available Convenience Package "adds GT-like upgrades to the Touring" trim of the Mazda Mazda6, notes Motor Trend, and includes features like the blind-spot alert system and a wireless cell phone link. Cars.com adds that an "optional DVD navigation system with 7-inch display, touch-screen and voice-activated controls" is available on the Mazda6 Mazda Grand Touring. Road & Track even goes so far as to say that the "available luxury amenities" make the Mazda6 Mazda "a poor man's Lexus."
The premium sound system, which Road & Track describes as a "sensational sounding 333-watt, 10-speaker-plus-subwoofer sound system by Bose," is well worth getting, based on a number of positive comments.